Thelema Chardonnay 2016
Aromas of ripe peach, grapefruit marmalade, blossoms and complex yeasty flavours complement the toasty oak in the wine. The palate is clean with a lovely texture and long finish.
Good now, will develop well for 3 years.
Full flavoured dishes such as lobster, tuna, chicken and pork.
This wine has a beautiful light straw colour. Aromas of ripe peach, grapefruit marmalade, blossoms and complex yeasty flavours complement the toasty oak in the wine. The palate is clean with a lovely texture and long finish.
|Varietal||Chardonnay – Clones CY3 & CY5|
|Root stock||101 – 14, R110|
|Soil type||Hutton – decomposed granite|
|Age of vines||Planted 1985, 1986|
|Plant density||3432 vines per hectare|
|Pruning||2-bud spurs every 12cm|
|Vintage||2016 was generally a warm and dry vintage, an exceptionally dry winter followed by a warm and windy January resulted in decreased crop levels among all varietals.|
|Picking date||22nd January|
|Grape sugar||22.0 - 22.4 °B|
|pH at harvest||3.21 - 3.37|
|Fermentation temp||19 °C|
|Method||De-stalked, crushed, pressed & settled in horizontal stainless steel tanks before the clear juice was fermented in 228 L French oak barrels.|
|Wood maturation||10 months in French oak barrels, 35% new, and the balance in 3rd/4th fill.|
|Battonage||Barrels stirred for several months.|
|Second Fermentation||The majority of this bottling completed malolactic fermentation in barrel|
|Residual Sugar||1.4 g/l|
|Total acid||6.3 g/l|
|Alcohol||13.0% by volume|
|Maturation||Drinking well now and will develop more complexity over the next 3 - 5 years.|
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